China struck back hard at US president Donald Trump, sternly warns Washington

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China struck back hard at US president Donald Trump, sternly warns Washington

China has struck back at US President Donald Trump over his rebuke of Chinese trade and development models, warning Washington against making trade threats or meddling in Chinese internal affairs.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday that China had no intention to “play the Game of Thrones on the world stage,” but also warned that Beijing would not bow in the face of threats on trade and other matters.

“Negotiation cannot take place under threat or at the expense of China’s legitimate right to development,” Wang said while addressing an event organized by the US-China Business Council on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York.

He said the trade war between China and the US was inflicting unnecessary damage on both sides, increasing costs to US firms, triggering consumer price hikes, and diminishing the American growth potential.

The remarks were in reaction to Trump’s speech at the UNGA, in which he said that Washington would no longer tolerate Beijing’s trade practices and that he would not accept a “bad deal” with China on trade.